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Classic Glacier Express

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 Trip Length
11 Days
 Trip Starts
London
 Trip Finishes
London
11 Day Classic Glacier Express Itinerary (Travelmarvel)
Countries Explored: England, France, Switzerland
Trip Style
Rail Journey
Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
40
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
RJTGEJ11

Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 11 Day Classic Glacier Express. Embark on a spectacular rail journey through the Swiss Alps. See iconic mountains and half timbered quaint French villages on this magical journey.

Itinerary

On arrival in London, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

This evening, meet your Great Rail Journey Tour Escort and fellow guests over dinner at a traditional English pub. Stay: Pullman London St Pancras Hotel (D)

Depart St Pancras International railway station by Eurostar for Paris, then change trains and continue on your journey by rail to the French city of Strasbourg. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Mercure Strasbourg Centre Gare (B/L/D)

Today you'll travel to one of the largest cities in Switzerland, Basel, then start the picturesque journey through the Swiss Alps to Chur, Switzerland's oldest town. Stay Three Nights: Chur, Romantik Hotel Stern (B/D)

From Chur, you'll journey on the Bernina Express. Enjoy wonderful views of the snow-capped peaks and turquoise glacial lakes as you travel to Poschiavo for time at leisure. Wander amid pastel-coloured houses as you explore this picturesque town, part of the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland.

Continue to St Moritz, where the afternoon is yours to discover the glamour of this elegant alpine resort town. From its shimmering aquamarine lake to its glitzy village, you'll quickly see why St Moritz is popular with royals and celebrities alike. Return to Chur in time for dinner at your hotel this evening. (B/D)

Insider Experience: Join the historic narrow-gauge Bernina Express for a railway journey on the superb Bernina Line. The ascent takes you through the Albula Tunnel and over the stunning Bernina Pass, crossing by mighty glaciers, rushing mountain streams and flower-filled alpine meadows.

With the entire day at leisure, you'll have the opportunity to explore Chur and its surrounding areas at your own pace. Perhaps wander through the cobbled streets of Chur's charming Old Town, home to a variety of restaurants and shops. Another option would be to journey through the Graubunden region, home to towering peaks and breathtakingly wild landscapes. (B)

Bid farewell to Chur today and take the Glacier Express to Brig. Your journey takes you through the classic landscapes that have made Switzerland famous. Pass sloping meadows, sprawling vineyards and lush forests as your train crosses the impressive Landwasser Viaduct and into the Rhine Valley. A two-course lunch is served at your seat during the journey – the perfect accompaniment to your time on board the slowest express train in the world. The train climbs steeply over the Oberalp Pass and spirals down before arriving into Brig. Stay Four Nights: Brig, Hotel Ambassador (B/L/D)

Insider Experience: Take the famous Glacier Express narrow-gauge train to Brig, enjoying incredible views through the panoramic windows of your carriage along the way.

Today will be spent discovering the charming, car-free resort town of Zermatt. Board a train in Brig and head south along the River Rhone to Visp where the steep ascent to Zermatt begins. While here, we visit the Air Zermatt Heliport, where we are given a behind-the-scenes look at the role the crew play in rescue operations in this alpine region.

Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure in Zermatt. This pretty, eco-friendly town is home to timbered buildings and a beautiful English church. You may like to make the ascent up to the summit of the Gornergrat aboard the Gornergrat Mountain Railway. The train climbs to the 3,000-metre-high summit of the Gornergrat and offers spectacular views of the Matterhorn.

Later, return to Brig for dinner at your hotel. (B/D)

Board a cable car and climb to the Eggishorn Viewpoint. Here, we will meet a yodel guide to learn about the history and traditions of yodelling, as well as witnessing a demonstration in this spectacular setting. Then, explore Brig at your own pace. You might like to explore the town's historic old quarter or use your Swiss Travel Pass to explore further afield. (B)

Travel to Spiez Castle, in the town of Spiez, overlooking the waters of Lake Thun. A Swiss heritage site dating as far back as the 10th century, this impressive castle and its decorative gardens play host as you wander its halls and enjoy a wine tasting on the terrace.

Afterwards, cruise across the lake to Thun, before returning to Brig for a Farewell Dinner. (B/D)

Today you will journey through France to Paris, where you'll connect with a Eurostar service and continue on to London. Stay: Pullman London St Pancras Hotel (B)

After breakfast this morning, be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel in Standard Premier Class on the Eurostar and enjoy a light meal
  • Join the historic narrow-gauge Bernina Express for a railway journey on the superb Bernina Line
  • Take the famous Glacier Express narrow-gauge train to Brig
  • Travel by cable car to Eggishorn Viewpoint, where a yodel guide will provide a demonstration

  • Operated by Travelmarvel's partner Great Rail Journeys
  • 10 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • Airport transfers and tipping included
  • Price includes St Moritz Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass

  • 19 meals – 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Itinerary and hotels may be subject to change
  • Itinerary includes partial porterage within Switzerland only (however some handling of luggage may occasionally be required getting on and off trains)
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included (unless specified)

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Swiss rail journey 0 , WA, Australia, Apr 2023
Overall a good trip. It was out of season for Switzerland but a couple of the stops were not too interesting as we really had to wonder around for a couple of hours with nothing much to do, particularly on one Sunday when the place we visited was a bit desolate.
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